Healing Through Music: The View Down Here

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The most powerful songs find pain as their muse. My son Liam just posted a song he had been working on dealing with the loss of some people close to us. How do you express the pain you enter into when suicide has stolen a life?  How do you work through the loss of a life that has shaped you? Music has a way of helping us weave our way through the emotional journey. When Liam posted his song I took a listen and loved it. But what hit me more was the place in his soul where the song came from. Here is what he said about the song:

Written to commemorate those we have lost unexpectedly, and have impacted my life in radical ways. Rest in peace to Bill Bedell, Tyler Bushmiller, and Paul Lee. I miss you all so much.

Also to everyone else that I have lost under similar circumstances, but did not directly influence the creation of this song. Far from forgotten. Cody Botten, Berkely Repp, Josh Fisher, Don and Jean Shultz, Kirk Lewis, and oh so many more. Thank you all, for everything.

Take a listen…

Verse 1:
Somber melodies have brought me here,
And ones of hope have been unable
To lift me from this low
I think I’m alone,
The streets became wide,
And I’m stuck under this water, under this tide

Chorus:
Loneliness tastes like metal in my mouth,
And I constantly try to wash it out,
Ever since your one way ticket to the fields I don’t know
I’ve grown a bit older, but it’s colder below


Verse 2: 
Little did I know
That your presence everyday
Quietly meant everything
The day you were lost,
I learned the evils of Earth,
Fairness was a thing of our dreams
Chorus:
Loneliness tastes like metal in my mouth,
And I constantly try to wash it out,
Ever since your one way ticket to the fields I don’t know
I’ve grown a bit older, But it’s colder below
To say I miss you, To say that I missed a lot
To Say I miss you, To say that I missed a lot
(My opportunity slipped through my hands, like grains of sand)
2013 © Liam Wright Music
All Rights Reserved

credits

released 04 August 2014

The Prayer

The first time I heard The Prayer I was visiting Saddleback Church with my family. The Gunns ( an incredibly talented couple) performed it with a great pit orchestra and band. It was truly one of the most powerful songs and performances I had ever experienced. I have heard many people offer their version of The Prayer, and none, including the pairing of  Celine Dion and Andre Bocelli as well as Josh Groban and Charlotte Church, were as impressive to me as the performance by the Gunns.

Then, I landed upon this version by Peter and Evynne Hollens. I really enjoy Peter’s work. His songs are generally composed completely of voices to make the music and then his singing voice brings it all together. I wondered if I would like he and his wife’s version of The Prayer…I have t admit, I really do. Not only do they shine in creating the music behind the lyrics with their voices, but they also sing it cleanly and beautifully. I hope you you find it as incredible as I do!